Research brief: BP decline not due to drugs

Greater use of antihypertensive medication was not responsible for the worldwide decline in BP between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s, according to a WHO study. BP records in 35-64-year-olds were collected from 38 populations in 21 countries. Falls in systolic and diastolic pressures were consistent across the range of high to low BPs, indicating no effect of improved hypertension treatment (www.bmj.com).

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